City Lights Authors in the News

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernandez

"Article about Mumia Abu-Jamal in Counterpunch"

Greg Ruggiero writes about the relationship between Mumia Abu-Jamal and the literary agent Francis Goldin in Counterpunch.

-Greg Ruggiero Jun 19, 2014

"Johanna Fernandez interviewed on Democracy Now!"

In a stunning vote, a group of U.S. Senate Democrats broke ranks to join Republicans in rejecting President Obama's pick to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile. The confirmation fight focused almost solely on Adegbile’s role in the legal defense of imprisoned Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer, despite Abu-Jamal’s longstanding position of being not guilty. Adegbile was part of a team of lawyers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who successfully argued the trial judge’s jury instructions violated Abu-Jamal’s rights. Adegbile’s supporters say the attacks on him mark a new form of Willie Horton politics and race baiting. Democracy Now! discusses the controversy with two guests: Johanna Fernández, professor of history at Baruch College-CUNY and a coordinator with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, and Ryan Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Political Participation Group.

-Democracy Now! Mar 6, 2014

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The Penguin's Song
Hassan Daoud

"An excerpt from The Penguin's Song by Hassan Daoud in the Asymptote Journal."

Read an excerpt from the novel The Penguin's Song as featured in the online journal Asymptote.

-Hassan Daoud, Asymptote Journal Jun 19, 2014

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Lit Up Inside
Selected Lyrics
Van Morrison

"Book's release announced on 'Paste’s' website"

"Though Van Morrison's tunes are among the most recognizable in the world, the Northern Irish singer-songwriter has kept his life relatively private. Music enthusiasts will finally get a glimpse into his creative consciousness with the release of Lit Up Inside, a collection of 100 lyrics curated by Morrison himself. This will be the first literary work published with Morrison’s blessing. It includes an introduction by Queens University professor Eammon Hughes and a foreword by beat poet David Meltzer. Morrison chose City Lights to release the book because of the house’s consistent commitment to artistic integrity, from the beat generation forward."—Julia Cook, Paste

-Julia Cook, Paste Jul 16, 2014

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A Corner of the World
Mylene Fernández-Pintado

"'The mechanic & the professor', an excerpt from Mylene Fernández-Pintado’s A Corner of the World"

An excerpt from the first chapter of A Corner of the World appears in the "Cuba Today" section of Cuba Absolutely.

-Mylene Fernández-Pintado (translated by Dick Cluster), Cuba Absolutely Jun 12, 2014

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Thousand Times Broken
Three Books
Henri Michaux

"Publisher's Weekly looks forward to Fall Books by Henri Michaux & Lisa Robertson, Among Others"

The Harriet Blog features Publisher's Weekly’s Fall 2014 picks, which includes the forthcoming Thousand Times Broken by Henri Michaux.

-Harriet Staff, The Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Jul 21, 2014

"Thousand Times Broken listed in Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Poetry Books"

Thousand Times Broken chosen for Publisher's Weekly Fall 2014 Fall Announcements as one of the top 10 new poetry books.

-Publisher's Weekly Jun 26, 2014

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Henry A. Giroux

"Essay 'Killing Machines and the Madness of Militarism: From Gaza to Afghanistan' on Truth-Out"

When children are killed by Israeli missiles while playing on a beach in Gaza, the horror and sheer brutality of the murderous act is wiped away by the crude argument that such needless slaughter is a military necessity. There is no defense for killing children, regardless of whether it is done by the Israeli state, the United States, Hamas, or anyone else. We live in a time in which political illiteracy and moral tranquilization work in tandem to produce the authoritarian subject, willing to participate in their own oppression and the oppression of others.

-Henry Giroux, Truthout Jul 25, 2014

"Essay, Truthdig"

Thinking dangerously isn't so scary. . . . a new essay from Henry Giroux, author of the just released The Violence of Organized Forgetting, published by City Lights.

-Henry Giroux, Truthdig Jul 18, 2014

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Lunch Poems
50th Anniversary Edition
Frank O'Hara

"Feature in The New York Times"

Dwight Garner writes about the timelessness and brilliance of Frank O'Hara's poetry.
"Frank O'Hara’s Lunch Poems, the little black dress of American poetry books, redolent of cocktails and cigarettes and theater tickets and phonograph records, turns 50 this year. It seems barely to have aged … This is a book worth imbibing again, especially if you live in Manhattan, but really if you’re awake and curious anywhere. O’Hara speaks directly across the decades to our hopes and fears and especially our delights; his lines are as intimate as a telephone call. Few books of his era show less age."

-Dwight Garner, The New York Times Aug 8, 2014

"Poetry Foundation features essay on anniversary publication"

Callie Siskel offers a thoughtful and engaging assessment of Frank O'Hara’s Lunch Poems on its 50th anniversary.

-Callie Siskel, Poetry Foundation Jul 9, 2014

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Woman with Guitar
Memphis Minnie's Blues
Paul Garon, Beth Garon

"Woman with Guitar featured on The Roots and Roots Show, Memphis Minnie tribute show"

Woman with Guitar by Paul Garon featured on the Memphis Minnie tribute broadcast on the Roots and Roots Show.

-Greg Abdur-Rasheed, The Roots and Roots Show Aug 2, 2014

Woman with Guitar selected to Memphis Flyer's "Books for Summer Reading List"

Woman with Guitar by Paul & Beth Garon selected to Memphis Flyer's "Books for Summer Reading List", all books that have to do with local interest in Memphis.

-Chris Davis, Memphis Flyer Jul 10, 2014

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The Tranquilized Tongue
City Lights Spotlight No. 11
Eric Baus

"The Tranquilized Tongue selected by the editors of Poetry Magazine for their July/August Reading List"

Dorothea Lasky selects The Tranquilized Tongue for Poetry Magazine's July/August Reading List.

-Dorothea Lasky, The Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Jul 7, 2014

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Border Patrol Nation
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security
Todd Miller

"Todd Miller on CSPAN Book-TV"

Todd Miller featured at Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ.

-Todd Miller, C-SPAN Aug 6, 2014

"Tomgram: Todd Miller, Bill of Rights Rollback in the U.S. Borderlands"

Todd Miller is back with another hair-raising tale from America's borderlands.

-Todd Miller, Jul 15, 2014

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Stray Poems
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 6
Alejandro Murguía

"Alejandro Murguía talks with Michael Krasny on KQED's Forum"

Alejandro Murguía discusses his bilingual poetry and his role as poet laureate of San Francisco with Michael Krasny on KQED

-Michael Krasny, KQED Jun 12, 2014

"Alejandro Murguía highlighted in KCET's L.A. Letters"

Alejandro Murguía is discussed as a central figure in San Francisco, the "City of Poets".

-Mike Sonksen, L.A. Letters Apr 24, 2014

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Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure

"Feature on Jacket 2"

Charles Bernstein discusses the work of Michael McClure.

-Charles Bernstein, Jacket 2 Jul 31, 2014

"Michael McClure highlighted in KCET's L.A. Letters"

Michael McClure is discussed as a central figure in San Francisco, the "City of Poets."

-Mike Sonksen, L.A. Letters Apr 24, 2014

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The End of San Francisco
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore


City Lights is proud to announce that Mattilda's The End of San Francisco is the winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction.

-Lambda Literary Awards Jun 12, 2014

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed in The Brooklyn Rail"

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of The End of San Francisco, shares what she learned while writing, a really important part of the book and much more with Kathleen Rooney.

-Kathleen Rooney, The Brooklyn Rail Feb 5, 2014

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Dear White America
Letter to a New Minority
Tim Wise

"Tim Wise interviewed on MSNBC's All in With Chris Hayes"

On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Tim Wise (author of, most recently, Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority) discusses the realities of cross-racial organizing, along with panelist Melissa Harris-Perry.

-Tim Wise, Jun 26, 2014

"Tim Wise on W. Kamau Bell's show Totally Biased"

Tim Wise discusses white privilege on Totally Biased on the FX Network. 

-W. Kamau Bell, Totally Biased Sep 25, 2013

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Green Is the New Red
An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege
Will Potter

"Will Potter reveals a surprising fact about his book in a TED Talk excerpt"

At about 3:40 min into this short video excerpt, Potter explains that via the Freedom of Information Act he's discovered what the U.S. Bureau of Counterterrorism thinks about his book.

-Will Potter, TED Jun 12, 2014

"Will Potter comes to light in TED"

Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red, discusses the problem of treating environmentalists like terrorists.

-Karen Eng, TED Blog Jan 31, 2014